April 21, 2016


Birthdays, no matter what your age,
are a celebration of life!

They should be fun, whimsical and showcase
all of your favorite things!

In June, we will be traveling to Atlanta
to celebrate Luke the Duke's EIGHTH birthday.
It's amazing how quickly the years fly by!
I really fell in love with this birthday pattern
referred to as "Party Animals!"

I have had the nursery book
of "Animal Crackers" ever since my children were tiny,
so I worked this idea into the decorations too!

This was just plain FUN to put together!
Polka dots, pinwheels, and pastels were among all the party supplies.

I had seen little play animals with party hats on Pinterest
so this became my DIY project for the past few weeks.

These little cookies have stood the test of time...
from our childhood all the way to the grandbabies....

Party favors are a must
at all birthday parties!

Who doesn't love a cupcake....with sprinkles no less?

It was really fun selecting the animals I wanted to include!

All this whimsy would make you certainly feel 
"young at heart!"

I can hear the theme of
The Jungle Book playing in the background.....

Just add balloons, streamers and party horns!

I will say...
the Dalmation is my favorite!

Leo the lion......

Don't worry bout' your troubles and your strife......

Kanga and Roo......

Kisses for the birthday boy......

Elephants and Giraffe's....
 I love them both!

Precious, I tell you....precious!

I hope you gathered a little inspiration 
for your next birthday party...
make those you love feel LOVED
on THEIR special day of celebration!

It promises to be a fun party!!!

Joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday!


  1. You have gathered together a wonderful collection of birthday decorations for Luke-
    He is precious!
    When I saw that photo of the box of animal crackers, I was immediately taken back in time.
    My girls loved those.
    I hope you will share this today at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
    Just stop by my blog to join in.
    Enjoyed visiting,
    White Spray Paint

    1. Thank you Laura! I love having you visit! Have a lovely weekend!

  2. This is such a sweet and fun party and just like Laura I was taken back in time too:)
    Happy memories for me and a precious party for Luke!
    Thanks ever so much for joining us today at Thoughts of Home on Thursday!

    1. Hi Jemma! I love seeing all the inspiration of THOT! I appreciate your visit and wish you a lovely weekend!

  3. So adorable! I'm crazy about those party animal plates!

    1. Hi Jenna! I fell in love with these plates too! Just fun no matter your age! Thank you for visiting today!

  4. Awwwww..... Quite precious.....

    You are such a neat/cool Grandmother!


    1. I do believe this is THE nicest compliment I have ever received Tessa! I always enjoy your visit! Hugs!!!

  5. All of the animals in their festive wear are just adorable! What an absolute delight this post is!!! Thank you so very much for joining the gathering at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

    1. Thank you so much Laura! I am SO happy you stopped by and enjoyed the post! Have a great weekend!

  6. Hi Betsy - I, too, love the party theme, papergoods, all your decorations & cute animals wearing party hats! Tessa is correct - you are a neat and fun grandmother! I'm keeping this theme in mind for one of my grandson's next birthday. Would you mind sharing where you purchased the animals? Connie

    1. Hi Connie! Well aren't you just a sweetheart! Thank you! It's easy to be a fun grandma when your grandchildren are just precious!!! I know we all feel that way! That is great that you would like to do the same theme for your own grandson...love it! I purchased the animals from Amazon...they are called Learning Resource Jumbo Zoo animals. The paper goods are from

      Caspari. Sometimes upscale paper good stores have them or you can find them at Amazon or the Caspari website! I fashioned the little party hats with left over scarpbooking paper! Have a ball with it!!!! Hugs!

    2. Thanks so much for all the tips! As I've told you before, I just love your blog, and now I have my sister in Illinois visiting it as well. :) Have a great weekend!

    3. This made my day! Thank you Connie!

  7. What great decorations, Betsy! The party hats on the animals are adorable and the plates are perfect. Happy Birthday to your grandson. ♥

    1. Why thank you Martha Ellen! Love having you visit! Wishing a great weekend! Hugs!

  8. Betsy, that is such a darling theme! Those little party hats are awesome! I'm going to tuck these ideas away for my grandgirly's birthday this June! She'll be 6 and is animal crazy!


    1. Hi Deanna! I think that would be fabulous to use this theme for your granddaughter's birthday! It is just fun and full of whimsy! Cannot wait to see what you come up with! Hugs!!!

  9. What a cute idea for a birthday party! I may use this this summer for a granddaughter.


  10. How creative! A party any child would enjoy, XOXO


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